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L.A. Salsa Congress gives bachata room to dance

L.A. Salsa Congress gives bachata room to dance

Salsa dancers know that it's crucial to have a partner with good rhythmic chemistry. The same could be said of salsa music, a flamboyant genre that can be picky about sharing the floor with others.

So it's noteworthy that at the 15th annual L.A. Salsa Congress in downtown Los Angeles, which begins Wednesday and runs through Sunday at the Westin Bonaventure hotel, salsa will yield the spotlight at times to its more rustic Caribbean musical cousin, bachata.

A guitar-driven dance music derived from Cuban bolero that first blossomed in the Dominican Republic in the 1960s after the fall of the Trujillo dictatorship, bachata lately has soared in popularity across many parts of Latin...

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